Ken Poyner


Ken Poyner has published more than 200 stories and 1200 poems in more than 200 journals and magazines, both print and web based. His books include "Cordwood" (poetry), 1985; "Sciences, Social" (poetry), 1995; "Constant Animals" (fictions), 2013; "The Book of Robot"; (poetry), 2016; "Victims of a Failed Civics"; (poetry), 2016; "Avenging Cartography"; (fictions), 2017; "The Revenge of the House Hurlers" (fictions), 2018; and more, with his latest being speculative poetry in "Lessons From Lingering Houses", 2022. He has taught creative writing on a Poets in the Schools Virginia teaching fellowship; and given readings, or taught seminars, at Bucknel University, George Washington University, the Bethesda Writers Center, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for multiple Pushcart prizes, multiple Rhysling and Dwarf Stars awards, the Sidewise award, and several Best of the Net awards. His work appears in a number of contemporary anthologies. He is known for his surreal and Irreal topics and methods.

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Winter's Last Apple
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 15,830. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2023 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Ranging from the clumsy arrival of Europeans in the Americas to immoral commerce for automatons, this is a collection of surreal encounters, debauches, and saintliness which will titillate the hinges of the imagination.
Lessons From Lingering Houses
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 20,800. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2021 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Speculative poetry collected from places like "The Alaska Quarterly Review", "The Iowa Review", "G.W. Review", "Inlet" and elsewhere. Things to do on the world's last day. Teaching a younger brother to drown. A woman who appeases dragons. The parking lot attendant at the time portal. The deference afforded rainmakers. Eighty-four poems to spur the imagination and expand the horizon.
Stone the Monsters, or Dance
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 20,880. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2021 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Speculative poetry by multiple Pushcart Prize nominee Ken Poyner, originally appearing in such journals as "The Iowa Review", "The Indiana Review", "Sequoia", "Sou’Wester" and others. The end of the world. Families dealing with the impossible. Indifference versus terror. Good and evil meet under a streetlight and discuss each other’s bad habits. A carnivorous lawn. Community evolution.
Engaging Cattle
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 53,700. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
A professional cattle tuner falls for a beautiful clothesline sander. A member of the resistance warns his confederates of the efficacy of a new decimal collector. Genetically modified corn goes rogue. A man exhausts his quota of words seeking more on the black market. A superhero retires to a remote village, where he grows weary of being asked to find missing cattle. Speculative tales.
The Book of Robot
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Poetry » American poetry » General
Speculative poetry exploring the development of emotion and the sense of self in robots. Description of the intersection between human and machine in modern free verse. Self-image, political will, the sense of community, the sense of loneliness, a range of endeavors and emotions.
Victims of a Failed Civics
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 15,130. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Speculative poetry describing surreal interactions between the individual and his or her society. A man who is a novelty because he is always on fire. A boy who can summon snakes. A man who feels a connection to the wolf at his door. A daughter who is turning into a mule. An alcoholic town that refuses to give in to advancing temperance leaguers. More.
Avenging Cartography
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 57,310. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Fifty-five short, provocative fictions. A young woman dating an insect. Houses that migrate, forcing their owners to introduce themselves to neighbors. A man confronting mammoth rustlers. A village that builds its houses from books. A man finds a use for the inter-dimensional gap he has discovered in his backyard. A bear seeking a job in accounting
The Revenge of the House Hurlers
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 71,120. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Fifty-four astounding, Irreal, surreal tales, including giant deconstruction workers, carnivorous butterflies, purchasing a mechanical eternal life, chickens in business competition with poultry farmers, what your closet monster might be doing while you are away at work, balancing the equine, poverty as spectator sport, and other thought twisting predicaments..
Constant Animals
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 34,100. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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Exotic, unique, and brazen short fictions. Amusing, thought provoking, eerie. A different perspective. An alternative life, which isn’t taking itself too seriously. Existence, seen through curmudgeonly and misproportioned eyes. Collected from touchstone webzines and magazines across the literary spectrum.